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Adam Gilchrist: 'England too reliant on James Anderson'

Gilchrist: 'England too reliant on Anderson'
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Adam Gilchrist says that England's reliance on James Anderson could work in Australia's favour during the Ashes.

Former Australia wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist believes that England are too reliant on bowler James Anderson, which could be used as an advantage by the tourists.

The 30-year-old took 10 wickets in the opening match of the Ashes, including the decisive one of Brad Haddin, as the Three Lions earned a 14-run victory over the travellers at Trent Bridge to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

However, Gilchrist feels that the Aussies can expose England's dependence on Anderson by attacking Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Steven Finn in the next Test.

"Australia hold Anderson in so much higher regard than the rest of the attack," Gilchrist told BBC Sport. "They are very, very wary of him and concerned about how consistent he is in any conditions.

"Brad Haddin took a strong attack to Steven Finn and even Graeme Swann, who was off his game to an extent.

"That huge feeling of reliance on Anderson, maybe they can use that to their advantage when coming up against the other bowlers."

The second Test gets underway at Lord's on Thursday.

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Saturday's key events


TRIATHLON
· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

SWIMMING
· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

ATHLETICS
· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

RUGBY SEVENS
· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

SAILING
· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

TENNIS
· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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